Mark Christy

I started piping at the age of nine.  As a young piper I was fortunate to attend piping schools run by the late Donald MacLeod for many years, and then piping schools run by Andrew Wright of Scotland. I went on to become an instructor at that piping school for several years.

Living in the interior of British Columbia, I started out as a youngster playing in the local Pipe Band under P/M Alan Walters and eventually became Pipe Major of the band. The band competed from time to time and we always did very well. In search of a higher level of play in the late 1980's, I played with the Grade 1 Triumph Street Pipe Band of Vancouver for several years. A brief hiatus from piping followed, and I then played with the Grade 2 Maple Ridge Pipe Band, competing in the World Pipe Band Championships for the first time in 2000. With a desire to play more locally, I became piping instructor and Pipe Sergeant of the Grade 3 Prince George Pipe Band. We travelled to Scotland in 2004 and placed 5th in our Grade (earning a 2nd & 5th in piping) at the World Pipe Band Championships. More recently, I was invited to play in the 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. I am currently an Approved Adjudicator for the British Columbia Pipers Association.

My piping experiences have helped me develop a keen desire to produce an excellent sounding instrument. Whether I'm playing in a competition Pipe Band, a local performance, a solo gig, or for my own enjoyment, my bagpipe has to sound good!